Monday, November 14, 2016

First Mapathon for MSF and the Austrian Red Cross in Vienna

On 7 November 2016 a Mapathon, jointly organized by Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the Austrian Red Cross, took place in Vienna. Staff and students from the University of Salzburg/Z_GIS participated together with 25 volunteers to support the Missing Maps project through their mapping in HOT OSM (Humanitarian Open Street Map).

During the 3-hour Mapathon two areas where information is crucial for the work of humanitarian organizations were tackled: in Mwenezi district, Zimbabwe settlements and their main connecting roads were digitized to support the distribution of vaccination and medication supplies of MSF; in Malawi single household-buildings were mapped to strengthen the local Red Cross in their planning and capacity building activities related to disaster response.

Contact: Barbara Riedler, Gina Schwendemann, Stefan Lang, Lorenz Wendt (EO4HumEn+ Project)

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